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Easy Snacks On A Lazy Day

Disclaimer: This is the full feature from my The Royal Chef column on Edge Davao.

Relationships are like food pairings – either you hit or miss it. The only difference? Food pairings holds no commitment…no strings attached. In short, easy to let go. Plus, you can always have a change of gastro taste without hurting another. <insert grinning emoticon>

Committed to a certain taste and pairing? Experiment. Add a new flavour and enjoy your faves with a new flare. That’s what I did. My taste for food varies .. every so often that I’ll need a new notebook to write my gastro adventures on.

Peanut Butter & Peanut Pancakes
potato trcBy now, you probably know that I love my pancakes and not so much of peanut butter. But. . . we can always have a change of heart, right? Here’s one snack that’s easy to prepare healthy snack you can munch on all throughout the series of The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones.

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
¾ cup milk
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2 egg whites
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large banana, diced
¼ cup smooth peanut butter
¼ cup roughly chopped peanuts

In a clean bowl, whisk egg whites until stiff peaks form. Can be done manually or with an electric mixer. Set aside.
In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk the milk, melted butter, sugar, and vanilla. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour wet ingredients. Do not overmix the batter. Gently fold in the banana pieces, peanut butter and chopped nuts. Mix.
Lastly, gently fold in the whisked egg whites. Do it gently.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add some oil. Pour cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook on both sides.
TIP: Transfer pancake batter to a squeeze bottle for easy pouring.


Spiced Nuts
nuts trcI stock on these babies. The best thing? You can play with flavours pairing thus making it unique every single time. Try using pecans, almonds, walnuts or a combination of everything. Tip: add some chopped up dates and dried fruits too.

1 egg white, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon water
2 cups nuts (option is yours to keep it whole or halved)
½ cup white sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon cumin powder
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ cup chopped pitted dates
sesame seeds (fried or not)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Prepare baking sheet. Line with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Set aside.
In a small bowl, beat egg white with the water until frothy. Add in nuts and mix well. Use a spatula to coat and moisten the nuts.
In another bowl, mix sugar, salt, cinnamon powder, cumin powder and ground nutmeg. Incorporate well. Sprinkle over moistened nuts. Toss in sesame seeds.
Spread flavoured nuts on prepared pan. Spread nuts on prepared pan.
Bake 30 minutes, stirring once or twice to keep the nuts from charring. Do not burn the nuts.
Store in an airtight container.


Flavoured Potato Wedges
potato trcThis simply screams freedom on my dictionary. Well, I normally prepare this when I’m at home and do not have any plans for the rest of the day.

Boiled potatoes, skin on, cut in wedges
Melted butter
1 tbsp curry powder
1 tbsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp cinnamon powder

In a clean baking sheet, add potatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Just enough to taste.
In a small bowl, mix melted butter, curry powder, turmeric powder and cinnamon powder.
Coat potatoes with seasoned melted butter. Toss to coat evenly.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, turning occasionally, until crisp and browned.

For the dip
Japanese Mayonnaise
Capers, chopped
lemon juice
salt and pepper
In a clean bowl, mix all ingredients. Chill.


waffles trcStaying in and drowning in some Karim & Omran (yt:Karimchii) videos is so much fun with these. I love mine plain, with butter and honey – just like pancakes.

2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ¾ cups milk
½ cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon white sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat waffle iron.
In a bowl, beat eggsuntil fluffy. Add in flour, milk, oil, sugar, baking powder, salt and vanilla extract. Mix well; do not deflate the air in the eggs to have fluffier waffles. Make sure to get rid of lumps. For added flavor, you can add some cinnamon powder and ground nutmeg.
Spray preheated waffle iron with cooking spray (oil).
Pour waffle mix onto iron. TIP: Transfer in a squeeze bottle for easy pouring).
Cook until golden brown. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Might be late but still Eid Mubarak to all my Muslim brothers and sisters.

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